How many of you have IT Degrees?

By som1dies2nite
Aug 18, 2008
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  1. How many of you have IT Degree or certification?

    I'm thinking of joining the army reserve and taking the IT specialist position and going to college for a IT degree. How hard is it to get a position once out of school and what would be starting salary?
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Judging by the amount of tech questions comming in, I'd say you'd be pretty safe 2 (to 4) years from now.

    Oh and your heading is not quite correct
  3. Lou3

    Lou3 Newcomer, in training Posts: 66

    Have you spoken to a recruiter about your plans? When I joined the Air Force, I had to take an aptitude test for an IT position. Even if you score high enough, the Army might place you in another field depending on your other aptitudes and what they need.

    I realize many people go into the military for college money, but you'd be in better stead if you can get a year or two of college under your belt before enlisting. If you can get your degree first and then become an officer (ask the recruiter about any signing bonuses that might pay off some or all of your student loans), you'll make much more money, have a higher level of responsibility and privilege, and eventually leave the military with a more management-oriented resume. But for IT, even four years as an enlisted person with strong IT experience will help a lot. It depends on what you want out of the experience.

    Best of luck.
  4. OpTiMuSpRiMe

    OpTiMuSpRiMe Newcomer, in training Posts: 211

    well i have been doing IT for about 12yrs.. i have a BA in Computer Science i am also MCP MCSE CCNA REDHAT MSDBA..it has taken me a long time to do all of this but it is worth it..i make about 190,000 a yr..its comfortable to live on but its not millions..i should be making that if you knew what i had to do everyday for work..good luck with your career choice and hope it works out for you
  5. som1dies2nite

    som1dies2nite Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    I hope you dont mind me asking, but what exactly do you do? Did you attend a university or some other type of training? How did you manage to go to school and bring in income to support yourself? :blush:
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    These are the calling cards for someone contolling/administrating a Server (and probably a very large Networked Server)
    Maybe he's running MS Servers, if so please speed them up for Xp :)
  7. OpTiMuSpRiMe

    OpTiMuSpRiMe Newcomer, in training Posts: 211

    lol no i work at a practice management software company for orthodontics companies..we install and maintain all their networks and security..i went to school online for 5yrs to get the certifications and then went to the univesity of phoenix for my BA...i worked 3 jobs too..one on the weekends and two during the week..lol you have to have the want to do it thats all..everything else will fall into place..you just have to work hard and tell yourself no matter what i am not doing this for the money i am doing this to better myself and learn more..then the money will come..
  8. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,576   +76

    I was just promoted to IT Project Coordinator/Manager for a major corporate insurance company. I watch a guy who bull (S) himself talking facts about life and only with only 3 yrs of IT consultant experience no certs no College no nothing and because that person is liked more he gets promoted to Full-time employee Project Manager! Company got him a condo without having to get PMP Cert. Well he also took a job where no one wanted to be transferred too. Goes from $20 an hour to over $75,000 a year in salary. Can you believe that!
  9. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,846

    I am working on a BS in Computer and Info Sciences with a minor in Networking and Data Security. I have seen many upper class students graduate and land 60k jobs out of the gate.

    I have found that the number one factor isn't just your degree. It all depends on your people skills. I have seen many CIS majors who are very nice people but all around just suck at interacting with people have a hard time finding a job.
  10. OpTiMuSpRiMe

    OpTiMuSpRiMe Newcomer, in training Posts: 211

    very true atk..in small tight nit or even large corporate shops it all depends on who you know and how well...


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